Palermo's History of Art


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Activity Level



Shore Excursion, Museums / Culture, City


Kid Friendly: No.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent), German (fluent), Italian (fluent)

Private tour - Great Art in Medieval Palaces

Our tour takes us to Palazzo Abatellis, a magnificent gothic palace. It houses the most important art historical collection of Palermo with masterpieces from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Mannerism and Baroque. We take a look at the famous 'Triumph of Death' that once inspired Picasso. Our tour continues with Eleonara d'Aragona, one of the most artfully crafted portrait busts of the Renaissance sculptor Francesco Laurana. Following a number of medieval panels, we continue with the world famous Annunziata painting of Antonello da Messina. After the Flemish Renaissance Paintings section, we pay a visit to the newer wings of the museum with mannerist and baroque paintings. After a short break we visit the Inquisition Palace nearby. In the former prison cells of the Spanish Inquisition, the numerous graffiti of the inmates can still be seen. Of course we also take time for Renato Guttuso's famous Vucciria painting as well as the Hall of Barons with its fantastically painted medieval wood ceiling.


Palazzo Abatellis
Palazzo Steri/Chiaramonte

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building

End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building

Duration: 4 hours

The tour is not possible on Mondays and afternoons, because of the museum opening hours.


Walking tour

What’s Included


Guide service of 4 hours according to the program.

What’s Extra

Other: Admission fee Palazzo Abatellis: EUR 8 per person.

Admission fee Inquisition Palace: EUR 5 per person.

For a coffee or a soft drink at a bar you should calculate approximately EUR 3 per person.

For a taxi from the port to the Palazzo Abatellis you should calculate approximately EUR 15. (We can walk, but it is a bit distant...).


I am a tour guide only. I have only an ordinary driver's licence. To transport tourists a special licence is needed!

A Recent Review of this tour

Anita's knowledge of art history is encyclopedic. Not only did we learn about the specific works housed in the museum we went to, but she put the pieces into a larger context of the different art movements of Western Civilization. Unbelievable. She is one of the nicest people we've met while travelling and enjoyed an authentic Palermo lunch with great people watching. My wife and I highly recommend Anita. In fact we loved her so much we actually did TWO tours with her and plan to use her when we return.
Nicholas Poulos

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